Horse Racing Tips: Jason Weaver’s best bets under the Friday night lights

Some worthy all-weather wagers to kick off the weekend with the Weaver Shark.

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16:15 at Newcastle – Ayr Empress

Ayr Empress has been chopping and changing distances and her recent efforts at this venue have been over a quarter-mile longer. The drop back down could prove ideal as this race looks as if it has a good bit of pace in it which will bring her natural stamina into play. The Callum Rodriguez and Keith Dalgleish trainer/jockey combination is one we are going to be hearing plenty about as they will make for a formidable union throughout the winter and into the 2022 turf season.

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17:00 at Dundalk – Bucky Larson

Bucky Larson is a multiple winner on all types of surfaces and has built himself a pretty decent profile on the all-weather too. I’m not saying he was unlucky last time, but he was a little bit out of his ground in the early stages. He finished a ‘never nearer’ fourth behind his winning stable companion and looked like he still had a little bit more left in the locker. The record-breaking Irish champion jockey Colin Keane takes over in the saddle and that will give Ger Lyons’ runner that added lift towards the line and hopefully the winners enclosure.

17:45 at Newcastle – Lahore

Take a look back at Lahore’s first try for the Paul Midgley stable over a furlong shorter here and it was an absolute horror show. He never saw any daylight but still finished on the bridle. The winner that day has come out and won again since at Wolverhampton so the form looks strong. Stepping up in distance holds no fears for Lahore whatsoever and he’s absolutely thrown in on his old form when he won off a rating of 101 at York last year.

18:15 at Newcastle – Boosala

Boosala looked to have a very promising career ahead of him when winning his first two races but obviously it’s been very difficult to keep him sound as we’ve only seen him on five occasions so far. The win at Doncaster over some race-fit rivals was particularly impressive as he hit a bit of a flat spot at halfway, but then knuckled down to the job in hand very pleasingly. He’s only been nudged up 3lb for that success and he can continue the red-hot form of the William Haggas and Tom Marquand trainer/jockey combination.

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18:30 at Dundalk – Dances With Stars

Dances With Stars’ overall profile is pretty solid as from five tries on a synthetic surface, he is yet to finish out of the first two places. However, he was building a bit of a reputation as a nearly performer as he kept on hitting the woodwork. Now that he’s got his head in front last time – despite wandering round in the closing stages – he may well just be able to back that up as he doesn’t look as if he’s been harshly treated by the handicapper. His course and distance form is pretty solid and is fancied to back up that last success.

19:30 at Dubndalk – Alhaajeb

Alhaajeb seemed to run with the choke out last time as the new combination of a tongue tie and cheek pieces lit up in the early stages. Hopefully, he’s a little bit more tractable in the early stages for Colin Keane who takes over in the saddle. He’s got an ideal stall position in stall six to immediately get some cover and find a nice rhythm as the field quickly shifts into the first bend over this 1m 2f distance. The handicapper seems to have underestimated that last performance and leaves him nowhere near his ceiling rating when trained in the UK as he races off just 62 for Adrian McGuinness. now.

Jason’s Friday fancies

16:15 at Newcastle – Ayr Empress
17:00 at Dundalk – Bucky Larson
17:45 at Newcastle – Lahore
18:15 at Newcastle – Boosala
18:30 at Dundalk – Dances With Stars
19:30 at Dundalk – Alhaajeb

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